Smart Apartment Safety 101

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Safety first! Right? It really might be something that gets put on the backburner more than it should. Ok, so it’s likely that you’re good about turning off the oven or flat iron before you leave the apartment and you know where your fire exits are. But what about the fact that you might live alone? Living alone isn’t necessarily a reason to sound the alarm, but it does come with a few risks – and that goes for any city and any apartment building.

Thankfully, many Gainesville apartments are located in gated communities or have security guards – and you can find these easily by narrowing your search on our website when you look for an apartment. This is a great way to provide some peace of mind if you have any security concerns. But some other good practices come to mind when I think about living alone in an apartment.

Be Aware of Your Surroundings Especially if you come home after dark, just be aware of what’s going on around you when you’re walking to your door. I really think this is the most important of all of these tips!

Don’t Go Into a Dark Apartment Leave at least one light on while you’re away if you think you’ll be coming home after the sun sets.

Keep Your Windows Covered Cut down on the possibility of a break-in by not tempting someone who could otherwise see in your window – and see your belongings. This isn’t the only advantage to keeping the windows covered up, though. Not only does it keep your apartment cooler on hot days, but it prevents people from being able to see in for any reason.

Keep Doors and Windows Locked Seems like a complete no-brainer, but you might as well not invite trouble. Check to make sure doors and ground floor windows are securely locked before you go to bed or before you leave the apartment.

 Check in With a Friend or Relative Regularly Keeping in touch with someone regularly is mutually beneficial. It means someone will be aware of your well-being and you can do the same for them.

Protect Yourself If for any reason you feel like you should have something on hand to keep yourself safe and you’re not comfortable ideologically or with the responsibility of a weapon, consider getting pepper spray or even wasp spray (it can spray up to 15 feet and will sting the eyes like pepper spray!) to keep in your apartment. Both can be effective ways of deterring an assailant if it came down to it. If you want to be prepared physically, consider a self defense course at your local martial arts studio.